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2006 HREOC media release: Sydney Public Hearing National Inquiry into Discrimination against People in Same-Sex Relationships: Financial and Work-Related Entitlements and Benefits

Friday, 21 July 2006 DIARY NOTE Attention: Journalists/chiefs of staff Sydney Public Hearing National Inquiry into Discrimination against People in Same-Sex Relationships: Financial and Work-Related Entitlements and Benefits When: 26 July 2006 Where: Hearing Room, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity...

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Commission Commission – General

Launch of the Supreme Court Equal Treatment Benchbook

When I first entered the law 'benchbooks' were closely guarded, leather bound books into which judges carefully entered notes as a case progressed - usually I thought adverse comments and exclamation marks about one's arguments or less than flattering remarks about one's principal witness. These books seemed to be some kind of secret code to the outcome of cases and never saw the light of day.

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Aboriginal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

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It is now more than 5 years since the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission completed its national inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families with the publication of Bringing them home.

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First of all I'd like to thank you all for coming to here today. It is timely that we meet the day before Mr Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations arrives in Australia. It is from the United Nations that the international obligations we are discussing today are sourced.

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HREOC media release: Social Justice Commissioner’s statement on the government’s ‘national emergency’ measures

I have been calling for governments to turn commitments into action so I welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to tackle violence and child and alcohol abuse in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. I, like all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, want to see every Indigenous child enjoying the basic right to live free from violence in a safe and supportive home and community.

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Aboriginal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

Native title rights, good house, good clinic and being able to buy a feed

Mick Dodson, the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner said in his First Report that "A decent standard of health and a life expectancy equivalent to others is an entitlement. Social justice is not primarily a matter of the relief of suffering. It is a matter of the fulfilment of a responsibility. To draw this distinction is not to deny that the facts by themselves speak out for a remedy. Nor is it to deny that compassion is a proper response. But compassion is an insufficient foundation for the delivery of rights".

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Disability Disability Rights

Understanding Disability Discrimination

The topic I have been asked to address is "Understanding Disability Discrimination". In some ways I think I have been asked to teach my grandmother to suck eggs (though I am sure my own venerable forebear did no such thing!). I would say that there is no industry more skilled in the art of disability discrimination than the insurance and superannuation industry. Before you decide I am irretrievably biased against your work let me explain that, of course, I understand such discrimination is the basis of your enterprise.

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ARTS NONFICTION AWARD GOES TO REFUGE AUSTRALIA

Refuge Australia, written by Klaus Neumann, an author, historian and senior research fellow at the Institute of Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology, provides fresh insights that illuminate the social and political forces that have shaped Australia's refugee policy.

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Disability Disability Rights

Innes: International Day of People with Disability 2008

On 16 December 1992, the General Assembly of the United Nations appealed to Governments around the world to observe 3 December of each year as International Day of people with disability. This is a day to celebrate abilities of people with disability all over the world. The aim of observing this day each year is also to increase awareness, and understanding, of disability issues and the gains to be derived from the integration of people with disability in every aspect of life. The nomination and celebration of this day is an important tool in promoting the rights of people with a disability.

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Commission Commission – General

A new approach to Indigenous land use negotiations

What: Launch of Development and Indigenous land: A human rights approach Date: Friday 30 May 2003When: 11amWhere: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Level 8, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

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